Before The Dawn

Author : Nicholas Wade
ISBN : 9780715642092
Genre : Science
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When did language emerge? How did our ancestors break out of Africa and defeat the more physically powerful Neanderthals? How did human nature change in the 35,000 years between the emergence of fully modern humans and the first settlements? In the last three years a flood of new scientific findings driven by revelations discovered in the human genome has provided compelling new answers to many long-standing mysteries about our ancient ancestors. Nicholas Wade takes readers to the forefront of research in a sweeping and engrossing narrative, the first to reveal how genetic discoveries are helping to weave together the perspectives of archaeology, palaeontology, anthropology, linguistics, and many other fields. Before the Dawn marks a major advance in our understanding of human nature and origins.
Category: Science

Teaching Big History

Author : Richard B. Simon
ISBN : 9780520283541
Genre : History
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Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them. Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises. This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.
Category: History

Das K Nigreich Der Sprache

Author : Tom Wolfe
ISBN : 9783641209230
Genre : Art
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In den vergangenen 150 Jahren wurden von der Entdeckung des Penizillins über die Entschlüsselung der menschlichen DNS bis zum Nachweis des Higgs-Bosons kolossale Fortschritte gemacht. Doch an einer der drängendsten Fragen der Menschheitsgeschichte - Wo liegt der Ursprung der menschlichen Sprache? - scheitert die Wissenschaft bis heute. Das hat, wie Tom Wolfe genüsslich darlegt, führende Forscher von Charles Darwin bis Noam Chomsky jedoch zu keiner Zeit davon abgehalten, grandiose Erfolge zu verkünden, die gar keine waren, Konkurrenten zu diffamieren, anstatt eigene Fehler einzugestehen, und generell des Kaisers neue Kleider in den schillerndsten Farben zu beschreiben. In Das Königreich der Sprache vertritt Wolfe die These, wonach die Sprache die erste kulturelle Leistung des Menschen und somit nicht mit der Evolutiontheorie oder wissenschaftlicher Systematik zu erklären ist.
Category: Art

Read On History

Author : Tina Frolund
ISBN : 9781610694322
Genre : Education
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Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds.
Category: Education


Author : Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
ISBN : OCLC:215060230
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Author : Daniel S. Forrest
ISBN : 9781907166945
Genre : Science
File Size : 59.97 MB
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We are at a crucial point in time: a moment of transition as important as the emergence of Homo sapiens, or the beginning of civilisation after the Neolithic Revolution. Paradoxically, the triumph of the West - also called 'globalisation' - means the death of Europe and European man. Our destiny hangs between two options: either to complete the triumph of the egalitarian conception of the world, which will bring about the end of history, or to promote a historical regeneration. Nietzsche prophesied that the Earth will eventually belong to either the last man or to the superman. There are no other alternatives.
Category: Science

How Societies Change

Author : Daniel Chirot
ISBN : 9781452221014
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 61.20 MB
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How do the world's societies differ from each other? What were the reasons for change in the past, and do they help us in predicting change in the future? This stimulating text encourages students to ask these and other questions. Daniel Chirot explains how states and agriculture combined to create the world's classic civilizations. He shows how the UK, a marginal agrarian civilization on the edge of Europe, produced through the last two sections delineate the chronic unsolved problems of the modern era, develop a simplified model of how societies work and how the study of social change can contribute to the resolution of societies' most important problems.
Category: Social Science


Author : Thilo Sarrazin
ISBN : 9783641114084
Genre : Social Science
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Werden wir gut regiert? Oder bleibt die Politik hinter ihren Möglichkeiten zurück? Und wenn das so ist – woran liegt das? Gibt es Techniken guten Regierens? In seinem neuen Buch beschreibt Thilo Sarrazin die Mechaniken von Politik, ihre typischen Fehler und die Gründe für den Erfolg oder Misserfolg von Gesellschaften. Er verdeutlicht, warum die Vorstellungen und Träume von einer besseren Gesellschaft oft nichts Gutes hervorgebracht haben. Von hier schlägt der Autor den Bogen zu den gravierenden Fehlern der aktuellen deutschen Politik von der Einwanderung bis zur Energiewende und erklärt ihre tieferen Ursachen. Auf dieser Grundlage gibt er seine Antworten auf die großen Fragen zur Zukunft Deutschlands. Wer dieses Buch gelesen hat, wird Politik mit anderen Augen betrachten und besser verstehen, wie politische Fehlentwicklungen zustande kommen und wie sie vermieden werden können. "Zu lange hat die Politik versäumt, die wirklich wichtigen Fragen zu adressieren. Deutschlands Zukunft wird sich nicht an Genderfragen oder Klimadebatten entscheiden - Deutschlands Zukunft entscheidet sich an den Themen Währung, Einwanderung, Bildung. Damit steht zugleich auch die Zukunft Europas auf dem Spiel." Thilo Sarrazin
Category: Social Science

The Oxford Handbook Of African Archaeology

Author : Peter Mitchell
ISBN : 9780191626159
Genre : Social Science
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Africa has the longest and arguably the most diverse archaeological record of any of the continents. It is where the human lineage first evolved and from where Homo sapiens spread across the rest of the world. Later, it witnessed novel experiments in food-production and unique trajectories to urbanism and the organisation of large communities that were not always structured along strictly hierarchical lines. Millennia of engagement with societies in other parts of the world confirm Africa's active participation in the construction of the modern world, while the richness of its history, ethnography, and linguistics provide unusually powerful opportunities for constructing interdisciplinary narratives of Africa's past. This Handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date synthesis of African archaeology, covering the entirety of the continent's past from the beginnings of human evolution to the archaeological legacy of European colonialism. As well as covering almost all periods and regions of the continent, it includes a mixture of key methodological and theoretical issues and debates, and situates the subject's contemporary practice within the discipline's history and the infrastructural challenges now facing its practitioners. Bringing together essays on all these themes from over seventy contributors, many of them living and working in Africa, it offers a highly accessible, contemporary account of the subject for use by scholars and students of not only archaeology, but also history, anthropology, and other disciplines.
Category: Social Science